Peterloo Reviews

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July 30, 2020
In the end, the extensive length takes its toll until the historical narrative is no longer interesting. It's a minor Leigh movie. [Full review in Spanish]
July 25, 2020
Yes, Leigh still knows how to mount a handsome production. He just doesn't go past that here.
June 26, 2020
Among the worst and most awkward films of a terribly overrated director.
June 17, 2019
... dialogues, speeches, and ideas repeat to the point of making the progression of the film a burden. This is the type of film where no one in the cast really stands out.
June 15, 2019
The issue is that the people in this movie don't feel like human beings; they're walking talking Wikipedia entries.
May 30, 2019
Peterloo takes on far too much-too many characters, too many conflicting plot lines-to ever hope to have any kind of collective impact.
May 17, 2019
As the overlong (2 1/2 hours plus) film drags on you get the numbing feeling that Loach would have done it all much better, more economically and with more passion.
May 17, 2019
Mike Leigh had plenty of material to make an exciting and historically accurate film about the Peterloo massacre. He made a boring one instead.
May 17, 2019
A sizable chunk of Peterloo could be excised and nothing would be damaged in terms of the film's message.
May 16, 2019
This 153-minute forensic re-examination of a forgotten page in Britain's history books will put you out like a light in no time.
May 15, 2019
Peterloo deserves credit for trying to tackle complex issues but it struggles to create something that is interesting and engaging.
May 14, 2019
Peterloo is impeccably made but lacking a deep emotional centre.
May 10, 2019
The most notable thing about the film is the way that Leigh chose to interpret the massacre. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 30, 2019
Regrettably, the editing makes this feel like a '90s PBS special and it draws the story out for over two hours.
April 26, 2019
"Peterloo" nods toward the powerful impact of its source material but lacks the follow through to truly capture its pathos.
April 19, 2019
A bit of ruthlessness in editing - a good hour or so - would certainly make "Peterloo" a better film.
April 19, 2019
...an oddly paced film and one which does not highlight [Leigh's] strengths as a director.
April 18, 2019
There's a clumsy didacticism that might work better if he didn't run through dozens of superficially sketched characters.
April 18, 2019
The epic is kept at a distance throughout, from the continual stand-and-deliver speechifying to the oddly unfeeling way the reporter confers over the shambles... Peterloo addresses us as if we were a public meeting.
April 15, 2019
Leigh's bland images are solely illustrative, and his loving depiction of workers might embarrass a Soviet-era propagandist; he seems so stirred by their speeches that he forgets to craft characters...
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